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Short しまう question

Postby tanuki » Sun 07.09.2006 2:12 pm

Hello, people!

I know the "-te form + しまう" expression, and I know that when you must use it in the past, the しまう is conjugated:

行ってしまいます。-> 行ってしまいました。

But how is it when one must say something didn't happen (or doesn't happen)? Must the negative be in the -te form or in the しまう?

行かなくてしまいました。
or
行ってしまいませんでした。
?

I'm guessing it's the first one, but I want to be sure.
Thanks a lot in advance! Bye!
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RE: Short しまう question

Postby skrhgh3b » Sun 07.09.2006 2:32 pm

As far as I know, they never say, "〜なくてしまう."
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RE: Short しまう question

Postby Nibble » Sun 07.09.2006 5:11 pm

しまう is only used when referring to something that actually did or will happen, AFAIK.
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RE: Short しまう question

Postby tanuki » Mon 07.10.2006 11:25 pm

And how do you express an unexpected negative result? Something like:

I went to the gym everyday, but I didn't get thinner!

When I read that sentence, a しまった just pops in my head. But, well, maybe there's another way to express it? Maybe just a よ in the end?
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RE: Short しまう question

Postby TrilinguisT » Tue 07.11.2006 1:53 am

i heard you cant use negatives with shimau. its suppose to mean something happened unintensionally.

このごろ宿題を忙しくしてるから、今日が母の誕生日であることを忘れちゃった。
Becuase i have been busily doing my homework lately, i (unitentionally) forgot today it was Mom's birthday today.
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RE: Short しまう question

Postby paul_b » Tue 07.11.2006 3:15 am

tanuki wrote:
And how do you express an unexpected negative result? Something like:

I went to the gym everyday, but I didn't get thinner!

When I read that sentence, a しまった just pops in my head.

Well pop it right back out again. :-P
But, well, maybe there's another way to express it? Maybe just a よ in the end?


If you really want to use しまった you need to re-word it to use a positive verb.
I suppose you might say ...

毎日運動したけど、ぜんぜんやせてなかった。結局無駄骨を折ってしまった。
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RE: Short しまう question

Postby tanuki » Tue 07.11.2006 10:09 am

Well pop it right back out again. :-P


Got it ;).

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RE: Short しまう question

Postby AJBryant » Tue 07.11.2006 11:23 am

I went to the gym everyday, but I didn't get thinner!

When I read that sentence, a しまった just pops in my head.


Well, that's fine, but it would be TWO sentences.

Start with a one-word sentence: "しまった!" -- where you're using it as an expletive. Then go on with the rest.


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